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Spartan and the Green Egg – The Reefs of Mindoro Island by Nabila Khashoggi

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Spartan and the Green Egg – The Reefs of Mindoro Island (Book 2)

by

Nabila Khashoggi

 

With a friendly alien spaceship called Egg always close by, Spartan, his three friends, and his dog, Grimm, continue their adventures traveling the Universe.

In Book 2, The Reefs of Mindoro Island, the team of explorers goes to the South China Sea and visits the beautiful isle of Mindoro. It is the seventh-largest island in the Philippine archipelago where thousands of miles of precious coral reefs, abundant with wildlife, are in danger. Spartan and his friends face a challenging mission; to stop some reckless and avaricious fishermen from blowing up the very fragile coral reefs with explosives. They befriend a brave young girl from the traditional Iraya Mangyan tribe, and are presented with an obstacle: in order to save paradise, they must take a huge risk.

 

Author Khashoggi emphasizes real life experiences and helps children understand the importance of taking care of our environment. The “Spartan the Green Egg” series is written for children ages six to ten. 

Mother, author, and actress Nabila Khashoggi balances multiple activities, from securing financing for entertainment and industrial projects, to running Nabila K, the luxury beauty and home ambiance line.

 

When her eldest son Spartan was a toddler, she told him stories about a boy called Spartan who travels the universe in a live green egg (that happens to be an alien from another planet). The idea of a children’s comic book series was born and Spartan & the Green Egg, Book 1: A Trip to the Rainforest, the first in a series of ten books, was created.

 

Her intention was to introduce kids to environmental and cultural issues around the world, in a fun and entertaining way.

 

Designer – Ted Ruybal

 

Illustrator – Manuel Cadag
My Thoughts
This was another terrific book by Nabila Khashoggi.  The premise of the children (Explorers) using their imagination and having it take them to some great places is terrific.  I also love that the story has a message – a global message even.  Protect what you use and replace what you take.  The illustrations are masterful and colorful.  They draw the child (reader) in and keep them throughout the entire story.  It is very difficult to walk away from.  The style is that of a comic book type flow and perhaps that is the feature I most strongly like.  My son has special needs and it is often difficult to get him to try to read.  But he loves comic books.  This book grabbed his attention right away – as soon as I opened it.  The rule is he can have books after I review them but this one couldn’t wait – I had to “wait my turn”.  He loved this book just as much as the first one and was very excited to hear that book 2 was available.  Yay!  I will continue to follow the explorers on their adventures and see what other imaginative trips they take and what they can change in the world.  I give this book 5 stars and will be following Nabila for future editions.
 
I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.  

 

 

 

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